League game @ The Meadows, 1/5/10 - Match Video
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In the last five days of a long but enjoyable season, from Annan to Aberdeen, Dalziel traversed the length and breadth of Scotland in their quest to complete an undefeated Scottish Hydro Electric League programme.
With seven unanswered tries at each of these two far flung venues, their mission was successfully accomplished!
Their visit to Third placed Ellon was a very obvious â€˜banana skinâ€™, with Ellon going on record as having very high hopes of preserving their proud unbeaten Home League record for the Season, by toppling the newly crowned Champions.
For Ellon, sadly â€˜ this was not to beâ€™ as the young disciplined, home grown Dalziel side absorbed everything flung at them and cruised to a wonderful seven try victory giving them a Club record winning run of 22 straight League wins.
Ellonâ€™s only counter for the day was a well struck penalty in 5 minutes by Mark Ryan to put his side 3-0 ahead.
The Dalziel boys then shook off the effects of their 4 hour bus journey and in 15 minutes a typical break from midfield by Ross McAuley resulted in John Goldie powering in from 30 metres to put Dalziel ahead at 3-5.
Following clever play by centres John Harris and Gillon Duguid leading to a free kick, Ross Donnachie stormed in between the posts in 21 minutes with Robert Simpsonâ€™s conversion putting Dalziel 3-12 ahead
A number of phases of rampaging forward play were finished by the bulky, but speedy young second row Gavin Smith, adding a rapturously received further five points, to the very evident delight of the substantial travelling support, including Dalziel Old Stagers Jack Sneddon, as well as Past Presidents Sandy Hunter and Ian â€˜Peemâ€™ Young.
In 39 minutes Fraser Duguid made a 40 metre break out of defence, and slick handling by Craig Simmonds released Andy Hill to barrel in at the posts to add further to the score tally. Dalziel then found themselves very much in the driving seat at half time by 3-26.
With the strong breeze now in their favour, the Dalziel pack led by Craig Lewis, Steven Baird and Steven Findlay started to dominate.
Only some valiant defence by Ellon and several dropped passes in scoring positions prevented Dalziel adding to their points until 60 minutes.
Robert Simpson added a further penalty and with the Ellon defence now faltering Ross McAuley crashed in at the corner for the first of three second half unconverted tries.
McAuley again scored, this time between the posts following another skilful break and chip through by Fraser Duguid taking the score to 3-39, with Dalziel squandering a conversion attempt.
With their unbeaten sequence now guaranteed, Dalziel took their foot off the gas and despite the score line, all credit to Ellon, they now enjoyed long periods of possession. Unfortunately, their lack of penetrating runners ensured that the Dalziel line was never really threatened.
Despite the score line against them Ellon, sportingly opted to spurn kickable penalty opportunities to run the ball seeking tries, but the Dalziel defence held tight.
With 30 seconds of the season remaining, a break out of defence by the ever present and excellent Crawford Reid, linking with Kris Watters and Barry Turnbull, sent Fraser Duguid on a cleverly angled attack run from 40 metres out, resulting in a score in the corner to finish the match at 3-44.
This gave Dalziel their 22nd victory of the season and guaranteed an enjoyable bus run home to Motherwell!!!! To assess just how enjoyable check in to John Goldieâ€™s Facebook page!!!
The entire squad of players should quite rightly bathe in their glory as they are a great credit to themselves, Coaches Jimmy Sinclair, Lee Charnley, Bag Man Bob Martin, Team Manager Willie Talbot and Dalziel Rugby Club. With a record 103 league points, this is indeed a feat which is unlikely to be repeated in the near future.
The Scottish Hydro Electric Championship Trophy will be presented to the squad by SRU President Jim Stevenson at 12.30 on Saturday 8th May in the course of the Dalziel Rugby 20th Anniversary Festival of Youth Rugby.
Stephen Baird, Robert Simpson, Ross McAulay, John Harris, John Goldie, Gillon Duguid, Fraser Duguid, Ross Donnachie, Blake Whitehead, Kris Watters, Gavin Smith, George Sloan, Craig Simmonds, Crawford Reid, Craig Lewis, Andy Hill, Steven Findlay, Barry Turnbull
Tries: Ross McAulay (2), John Goldie, Fraser Duguid, Ross Donnachie, Gavin Smith, Andy Hill
Conversions: Robert Simpson (3)
Penalties: Robert Simpson
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